Friday 28 September 2018

How To Give Your Bathroom A Vintage Makeover*

Not too long ago I shared a little update on how we were getting on with redecorating our bathroom and whilst it's pretty much finished, there are still a few things we're waiting on. After getting rid of the hideous colour that we lived with for nearly 4 years, I now absolutely love how it looks and I've not been able to help myself when it comes to adding in accessories. The final thing we're waiting on is new flooring though which has honestly been a pain for months on end now. Whilst I'd absolutely love our bathroom to end up with a classic vintage look, as we rent our home, we're quite limited with certain things but I already have ideas for our next house. Here are some tips on how to give your bathroom a vintage makeover if you're planning on redecorating in the future.
Tiles and Bathrooms Turquoise tiles

Claw-foot free standing bath

The main thing I think you need to invest in if you want a vintage looking bathroom is a free standing bath. Detached bath tubs go back many years to when indoor plumbing was scarce and now more and more people are opting for one in their bathroom. The claw-foot tubs are classic and elegant meaning they become the focal point of any bathroom. I absolutely love the look of free standing baths like this and I can't wait to have my own one day rather than one that's already built in. A claw-foot bath with old fashioned taps is not only fab for a relaxing and indulgent soak but it also really lasts well and gives an authentic vintage feel to the room.

Victorian tiles

If you're planning a complete makeover for the room then new Victorian bathroom tiles for the walls are a great way of not only adding colour or character but also giving you that classic vintage look. You can replicate Victorian bathrooms by using plain tiles or brick shape tiles in a variety of colours. I personally think for a slight modern twist, the turquoise patterned tiles in the photo at the start of the post are absolutely beautiful and would be so unique. I love the striking design and it would certainly make the bathroom a stand out room in your home.

Antique mirror

My final tip for giving your bathroom a vintage makeover is to add in an antique mirror. I think this is important for a number of reasons. The first one being that a strategically placed mirror can really help open up the room. It also helps with displacement of natural light which for us is vital as we have such a small bathroom and anything that can make it feel a bit bigger is so useful. Another reason is that there was never anything like built in cabinets or mirrors in the past. Placing a large ornate mirror above the sink is a perfect final addition for a real authentic vintage bathroom.

When you move into a new place, it can be easy to just focus on the living room and kitchen at first as that's where you spend the most time and the bathroom can end up being forgotten about. That's what happened with us, which is why it took us years before even attempting anything but it's such an important room so it's well worth spending some time redecorating and making it your own little sanctuary for those much needed pamper evenings!

Before you get into the decor stage of your bathroom, you may need to hire a plumber in Sheffield to check if there's any plumbing issues, and ask for their advice on what you shouldn't touch or remove before you start with the process.

*This post is in collaboration with Tiles & Bathrooms

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